The Oswego County Health Department reported today that a gray fox has tested positive for rabies in the town of Sandy Creek. This is the second rabid animal confirmed this year in Oswego County.
It was reported last week that the fox attacked three people in the vicinity of Snyder Road and county Route 15. Those who were exposed are receiving post-contact rabies treatments.
Oswego County Public Health Director said that any encounters with a potentially rabid animal must be investigated as soon as possible to determine if a person or domestic pet may have been exposed to the rabies virus. Treatment begun before symptoms occur can prevent rabies from developing in exposed humans.
To report a possible exposure, call the Health Department weekdays at 315-349-3564. In an emergency during evenings, weekends, or holidays, call the department’s answering service at 315-341-0086.
Residents are reminded not to disturb wild animals, and pet owners need to make sure their pets are protected against rabies, to avoid getting the virus.